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RSU Elections 2024

These elections are an opportunity for you to nominate yourself or to encourage friends to nominate themselves and to vote for student representative for the academic year 2024-25. They will represent you in various capacities such as full time sabbatical officer Trustee roles and as volunteer College Presidents at the Presidents' Committee and to the University management through Student Senate and other meetings.

The polls open at 10:00 on Monday 11 March 2024 (in 8 days)

RSU President

The RSU President is the lead elected representative of the Roehampton Students’ Union (RSU) to the University, National Union of Students (NUS), affiliates and external bodies.

The RSU President will:

  • Sit and represent students on University Council, University Senate, and all other appropriate committees with a Union seat and approval of Executive Committee.
  • Chair the Union’s Board of Trustees.
  • Responsible for coordinating and chairing Presidents’ Committee meetings.
  • Be the prime representative of the Union and seek to involve as many stdents with the Union as possible.
  • In conjunction with the Chief Executive, lead on the long-term planning of the Union to enhance engagement and improve the overall student experience.
  • Be the public face and promote the vision, strategy, and policies of the Union.
  • Be the lead Officer Trustee responsible for the liaison on behalf of the Union with any affiliated organisations or bodies, and to act as the principal spokesperson.
  • Plan and deliver campaigns related to overall student engagement in their communities and improving student life alongside supporting other Officer Trustees deliver their campaigns.
  • Be an ex-officio delegate and delegate leader to NUS National and Extraordinary Conferences.

All sabbatical officers will:

  • Work at all times within relevant legislation as well as structures, policies and procedures.
  • Work co-operatively with other Union staff and Officers, as well as relevant external organisations.
  • Adhere to the highest standards, especially of customer service and safety.
  • Seek to continually develop and improve Union facilities and services.
  • Keep up to date with sector developments, developments in the local community, and students' views/needs, where necessary undertaking market research to generate such information.
  • Undertake necessary training and to attend all meetings as requested.
  • Promote a positive and professional image of the Roehampton Students’ union (RSU) to its members, customers, stakeholders and other external people.
  • Positively contribute to the organisation’s ethical and environmental ethos.
  • Perform any other additional reasonable duties as deemed appropriate.

This list is not exhaustive and is a general indication - the role holder will be expected to complete any reasonable task requested of them.

Note: This is a full time sabbatical role which is £27,169 per annum

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Vice President (Education)

The RSU Vice President Education will:

  • Present ideas to the University on how the academic experience and student outcomes can be improved based on evidence-based feedback from students and academic representatives.
  • Sit and represent students on university education, academic, and other relevant committees to ensure the student voice is heard.
  • Chair focus groups as necessary to support the collation of informed student feedback relating to students’ academic experience and student outcomes.
  • Work to improve and support student academic representation systems and set up initiatives to keep them engaged Lead campaigns relating to academic issues, improving the academic experience, and improving the University of Roehampton.
  • Be the lead Officer Trustee responsible for academic-based campaigns, academic quality, and standards-based initiatives, such as National Student Survey (NSS), Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), and other education student voice initiatives.
  • Act as the Deputy Chair of Presidents’ Committee.

All sabbatical officers will:

  • Work at all times within relevant legislation as well as structures, policies and procedures.
  • Work co-operatively with other Union staff and Officers, as well as relevant external organisations.
  • Adhere to the highest standards, especially of customer service and safety.
  • Seek to continually develop and improve Union facilities and services.
  • Keep up to date with sector developments, developments in the local community, and students' views/needs, where necessary undertaking market research to generate such information.
  • Undertake necessary training and to attend all meetings as requested.
  • Promote a positive and professional image of the Roehampton Students’ union (RSU) to its members, customers, stakeholders and other external people.
  • Positively contribute to the organisation’s ethical and environmental ethos.
  • Perform any other additional reasonable duties as deemed appropriate.

This list is not exhaustive and is a general indication - the role holder will be expected to complete any reasonable task requested of them.

Note: This is a full time sabbatical role which is £27,169 per annum

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Vice President (Community and Welfare)

The RSU Vice President Welfare will:

  • Present ideas to the University on how student support can be improved based on evidence-based feedback from students and student representatives.
  • Sit and represent students on relevant University committees and working groups to ensure the voices of students are heard.
  • Develop, promote, and lead campaigns which support and encourage student wellbeing.
  • Lead student welfare campaigns, with the support of other Officer Trustees and student representatives.
  • Promote and direct students to university support services, respecting confidentiality at all times.
  • Develop understanding and strong relationships of other University support services to advocate student welfare and safety.
  • Encourage and support students to participate in the Union, student activities, and the University.
  • Develop strong relationship with external stakeholders to advocate student welfare and safety.

All sabbatical officers will:

  • Work at all times within relevant legislation as well as structures, policies and procedures.
  • Work co-operatively with other Union staff and Officers, as well as relevant external organisations.
  • Adhere to the highest standards, especially of customer service and safety.
  • Seek to continually develop and improve Union facilities and services.
  • Keep up to date with sector developments, developments in the local community, and students' views/needs, where necessary undertaking market research to generate such information.
  • Undertake necessary training and to attend all meetings as requested.
  • Promote a positive and professional image of the Roehampton Students’ union (RSU) to its members, customers, stakeholders and other external people.
  • Positively contribute to the organisation’s ethical and environmental ethos.
  • Perform any other additional reasonable duties as deemed appropriate.

This list is not exhaustive and is a general indication - the role holder will be expected to complete any reasonable task requested of them.

Note: This is a full time sabbatical role which is £27,169 per annum

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Digby Stuart College President

The College President responsibilities include:

  • Be the prime college representative within the Union and seek to involve as many students with the Union and College as possible;
  • Attend and contribute to meetings of Presidents’ Committee, which includes receiving campaign ideas, identifying student groups to gather feedback, and determining if ideas have insight-backed student interest;
  • Establish and maintain relationships with members of staff within their respective college, including the Head of College, College Life Development Officer, and Student Wellbeing Officer;
  • Strengthening the partnerships between their respective college with the Union and other colleges;
  • Work closely with college management to ensure that the student voice is represented in all college-based discussions and decisions;
  • Support the creation and maintenance of the respective College Network
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Froebel College President

The College President responsibilities include:

  • Be the prime college representative within the Union and seek to involve as many students with the Union and College as possible;
  • Attend and contribute to meetings of Presidents’ Committee, which includes receiving campaign ideas, identifying student groups to gather feedback, and determining if ideas have insight-backed student interest;
  • Establish and maintain relationships with members of staff within their respective college, including the Head of College, College Life Development Officer, and Student Wellbeing Officer;
  • Strengthening the partnerships between their respective college with the Union and other colleges;
  • Work closely with college management to ensure that the student voice is represented in all college-based discussions and decisions;
  • Support the creation and maintenance of the respective College Network
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Southlands College President

The College President responsibilities include:

  • Be the prime college representative within the Union and seek to involve as many students with the Union and College as possible;
  • Attend and contribute to meetings of Presidents’ Committee, which includes receiving campaign ideas, identifying student groups to gather feedback, and determining if ideas have insight-backed student interest;
  • Establish and maintain relationships with members of staff within their respective college, including the Head of College, College Life Development Officer, and Student Wellbeing Officer;
  • Strengthening the partnerships between their respective college with the Union and other colleges;
  • Work closely with college management to ensure that the student voice is represented in all college-based discussions and decisions;
  • Support the creation and maintenance of the respective College Network
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Whitelands College President

The College President responsibilities include:

  • Be the prime college representative within the Union and seek to involve as many students with the Union and College as possible;
  • Attend and contribute to meetings of Presidents’ Committee, which includes receiving campaign ideas, identifying student groups to gather feedback, and determining if ideas have insight-backed student interest;
  • Establish and maintain relationships with members of staff within their respective college, including the Head of College, College Life Development Officer, and Student Wellbeing Officer;
  • Strengthening the partnerships between their respective college with the Union and other colleges;
  • Work closely with college management to ensure that the student voice is represented in all college-based discussions and decisions;
  • Support the creation and maintenance of the respective College Network
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NUS Delegate (Open Place) (2 places)

Roehampton Students’ Union is a member of the National Union of Students (NUS). Each year, RSU sends elected delegates to NUS National Conference. If elected as a NUS delegate, you will have a say in what the national union believes and campaigns for. As a NUS delegate you will be expected to

  • Be available to attend NUS conference from Wednesday 17th to Thursday 18th April 2024 at Winter Gardens, Blackpool.
  • Engage in debate and discussion at the NUS Conference and its fringe events.
  • Vote in motions in line with RSU policy (if/where required).
  • Vote in line with the views of yourself and your peers where RSU policy does not set a precedent.

Whether you have experience of being a representative, or not, this is a fantastic opportunity to gain skills in communication, public speaking and campaigning.

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NUS Delegate (Women's Place)

Roehampton Students’ Union is a member of the National Union of Students (NUS). Each year, RSU sends elected delegates to NUS National Conference. If elected as a NUS delegate, you will have a say in what the national union believes and campaigns for. As a NUS delegate you will be expected to

  • Be available to attend NUS conference from Wednesday 17th to Thursday 18th April 2024 at Winter Gardens, Blackpool.
  • Engage in debate and discussion at the NUS Conference and its fringe events.
  • Vote in motions in line with RSU policy (if/where required).
  • Vote in line with the views of yourself and your peers where RSU policy does not set a precedent.

Whether you have experience of being a representative, or not, this is a fantastic opportunity to gain skills in communication, public speaking and campaigning..

Note: This role requires you to self-identify as a woman to qualify for nominations.

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